Category: Memories and Nostalgia

In Memoriam

July 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021

Pref ClassFull NameDegrees
1949Vincent A. MiklasBS Electrical Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering
1949Willard O. TschantzBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Gordon D. CarlsonBS Civil Engineering
1950Thomas C. Elwell P.E.BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Jack D. RaisanenBS Civil Engineering
1951Edward J. GaffneyBS Mechanical Engineering
1951Howard A. Zollinger P.E.BS Electrical Engineering
1952Dante A. IacovoniBS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgical Engineering
1954George F. Kruggel P.E.BS Mechanical Engineering, ’55 MS Mechanical Engineering
1956L. Stanley Freese, Jr.BS Forestry
1957Jack A. KolehmainenBS Mechanical Engineering
1957Roy A. KoskiBS Geological Engineering, BS Metallurgical Engineering, BS Mining Engineering
1957John E. MillerBS Electrical Engineering
1958Frank R. HastedtBS Physics
1958John A. RechlinBS Civil Engineering
1959Dr. Donald E. MikkolaBS Metallurgical Engineering
1959John H. RuusiBS Chemical Engineering, ’63 BS Business Engineering Admin
1962Louis F.M.  AngottiBS Business Administration
1962John LagadinBS Geological Engineering
1963Robert J. GaaboBS Electrical Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering
1965Sandy W. Johnson JrBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Dennis M. TauluBS Mechanical Engineering
1967Darrell A. BaconBS Mechanical Engineering
1967Jon C. BettsBS Forestry
1967Anthony J. EspositoBS Business Administration
1967Joseph S. WildbergBS Business Administration
1968Dr. Alan R. KaubBS Civil Engineering
1968Michael R. PeramakiBS Forestry
1969Erik J. GrorudBS Civil Engineering
1969Paul A. MasiniBS Business Engineering Admin, ’69 BS Mechanical Engineering
1970William T. Hicks II, P.E.BS Electrical Engineering
1970Eric J. PaavilainenBS Forestry
1971Dominic C. ChiangMS Chemistry
1971Richard E. DrouillardAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1971Kristine M. HaglundBS Biological Sciences
1971Douglas R. HansenBS Electrical Engineering
1971Jeffrey A. JasickiBS Mechanical Engineering
1971Alan G. KlugBS Mechanical Engineering
1971Norman W. Laursen JrBS Electrical Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering
1971John W. Loney JrMS Electrical Engineering
1971William D. LundtBS Mathematics
1971Douglas L. McKeeBS Electrical Engineering
1971Steven W. NymanBS Chemical Engineering
1971Dennis K. OlsonBS Civil Engineering
1971Mark E. SauveBS Chemical Engineering
1971Michael F. SchmidtBS Business Administration
1971Darrell J. SeppanenBS Mathematics
1971C. Jerry SherwoodBS Mechanical Engineering
1971Allan L. SleemanBS Mechanical Engineering, ’77 MS Mechanical Engineering
1971Alan R. TerBushBS Business Administration
1971Larry D. ThompsonBS Electrical Engineering
1972David J. DibertBS Applied Physics
1972Farhad HaghighatBS Mechanical Engineering
1972Gregory J. HattAAS Civil Engineering Technology, ’77 BS Civil Engineering
1972Andrew J. HubertBS Electrical Engineering
1972George C. Kandler JrBS Biological Sciences
1972Mark W. LarsonAAS Forest Technology
1973Dr. Leroy V. HeldtMS Biological Sciences
1973John P. KohutBS Chemistry, ’76 MS Chemistry
1973Betty A. PyhtilaBS Business Administration
1974Larry P. MosherBS Electrical Engineering
1974Lorraine D. PalmerBA Liberal Arts
1974Richard F. PrinceBS Business Administration
1975Kenneth M. BarlageAAS Forest Technology
1975Sharon R. SibilskyBA Liberal Arts
1977David A. BromanBS Biological Sciences
1977David D. MyroldBS Forestry
1978Peter W. RobertsBS Business Administration
1978Steven R. Vanden BrinkBS Civil Engineering
1979Robert D. DekemaAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1982Mary C. LintonMS Biological Sciences
1983Gary R. SheaBS Civil Engineering
1984S. Paul SundeenMS Business Administration
1985James M. HarjuBS Electrical Engineering
1985Mark C. HebertBS Metallurgical Engineering
1987Gregory G. MorelliBS Civil Engineering
1994Cynthia J. TormalaBA Liberal Arts
2000Keith E. GrahamBS Forestry

In Memoriam — April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021


In Memoriam

April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021

Pref ClassFull NameDegrees
1938Donald H. KransBS Mechanical Engineering
1938Robert G. Peets P.E.BS Geology, BS Mining Engineering
1942Clifford B. Armstrong JrBS Chemical Engineering
1942Clyde B. DobbieBS Electrical Engineering
1942Kenneth J. YonkerBS Metallurgical Engineering
1943Warren H. LangBS Mining Engineering
1944Lyon L. BrinsmadeBS Mining Engineering
1948Donald G. MitchellBS Mechanical Engineering
1948Clarke E. Pease JrBS Electrical Engineering
1949Wallace J. BenzieBS Civil Engineering
1949James O. Frendewey, Sr.BS Mining Engineering
1949Latham B. Gray JrBS Mining Engineering
1951Clayton L. Davidson P.E.BS Chemical Engineering
1951Frederick J. KneislerBS Mechanical Engineering
1953Frank J. Brechting JrBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1954Lucille W. BicknellBS Chemistry
1955R. George McGinnBS Geological Engineering
1955Edwin C. RiuttaBS Mechanical Engineering
1956Delano J. HarmaBS Forestry
1956Robert V. RoachBS Forestry
1957Thomas A. ColemanBS Civil Engineering
1957Raymond O. LesceliusBS Chemical Engineering
1958Glenn S. ArendsenBS Chemical Engineering
1958William J. PatzerBS Electrical Engineering
1959Dr Darrell W SmithBS Metallurgical Engineering
1960Onni J. Perala P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1961Morton J. CookBS Civil Engineering
1961Leslie G. HarkinsBS Electrical Engineering
1961Anthony D. HeibelBS Geological Engineering
1961Dale R. JehnzenBS Business Administration
1961Carl E. LugvielBS Chemistry
1961Ronald S. MichalakBS Metallurgical Engineering
1961James M. PearceBS Mechanical Engineering
1961Lawrence P White P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1962Donald P. DixBS Civil Engineering
1962Glenn L. HaglundBS Electrical Engineering
1962Peter W. JonasBS Physics
1962David A. MakiBS Mechanical Engineering
1962Gary L. MillerBS Business Administration
1962Thomas A. ParkerBS Metallurgical Engineering
1963George M. GoodrichBS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgical Engineering
1963Robert A. HietikkoBS Forestry
1963Hugh L. McLeanBS Mechanical Engineering
1963William C. TothBS Business Administration
1964Thomas P. GarityBS Civil Engineering
1964David G. GrimbleBS Forestry
1964Jean D. JuillandBS Geology, MS Geology
1964Bruce L. LinkBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Dennis P. HillBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Jon E. KleinhansBS Electrical Engineering
1965Paul W. KonvalinkaBS Chemical Engineering
1965Jerry R. McKeeBS Electrical Engineering
1966Clifford A. AndersonBS Mathematics
1966Prof. Bernard W. CarrBS Forestry
1966Daniel E. FilleyBS Mechanical Engineering
1966Rodney L WegnerBS Mechanical Engineering
1967Col. Noel M. HannaBS Business Administration
1967Russell R. McMasterBS Business Administration
1967Michael Messner IIIBS Business Administration
1968Robert K. GatesBS Mathematics
1968Clifford B. GordanierAAS Civil Engineering Technology
1968Arthur N. MaupinBS Chemical Engineering
1968Marilyn R. RabideauBS Mathematics
1969Dennis M. HaveyMS Biological Sciences
1969Warren T. JiveryBS Applied Physics
1970Dennis H. KoskiBS Forestry
1970Vincent LettieriBS Mechanical Engineering
1970Ronald J. LuxBS Business Administration
1970Ivan E. MartinBS Mechanical Engineering
1970Joel R. SchlukebirBS Civil Engineering
1971Dennis L. AdamsBS Electrical Engineering
1971Michael D. AhlfAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1971Alejandro AmayaBS Mining Engineering
1971Allen S. BlackhallBS Business Administration
1971Raymond C. Brainard JrBS Mining Engineering
1971Marvin A. MaesBS Business Administration
1971Edward L. StankusBS Biological Sciences
1972Larry R. GrimesBS Business Administration
1972Sandra K. MartinBS Medical Technology
1974John M. UbbesBS Mechanical Engineering
1976L/Col.Mark D. WilleyMS Business Administration
1983Diana M. HeckelBS Business Administration
1987Martin A. McGrathBS Business Administration
1989Julie D. WalczakBS Business Administration
1991Larry S. JokinenBS Forestry
1999Stacy A. LybertBS Physics
1999Steven E. PesolaBS Business Administration
2013Abhishek GuptaBS Civil Engineering
2017Richard L. FowlerBS Electrical Eng Tech

In Memoriam — January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021


In Memoriam

January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021

ClassFull NameDegrees
1949Roy M. WalkamaBS Mechanical Engineering
1950John P. EvansBS Physics
1950Karl G. FriesBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Arne A. HanninenBS Forestry
1950Robert H. HolgersBS Mining Engineering
1950John D. HornerBS Chemical Engineering
1950Georg L. JohnBS Civil Engineering
1950George W. John JrBS Chemical Engineering
1950Joseph P. KerkesBS Electrical Engineering
1950Frederick W. KneppleBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Tauno W. KorpelaBS Electrical Engineering
1950Charles K. McArthurBS Metallurgical Engineering
1950Douglas S. MelvinBS Civil Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Joseph J. MeolaBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Gerald C. PayantBS Civil Engineering
1950James E. PeddicordBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Robert W. RiedelBS Geological Engineering
1950David Ritsema P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1950David B. SleemanBS Electrical Engineering
1950Tauno M. SomppiBS Forestry
1950Donald C. TealBS Chemical Engineering
1950James H. TormalaBS Mechanical Engineering
1950Robert J. WillBS Civil Engineering
1951Torgeir KarlsenBS Electrical Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering
1951Eugene W. KnaebelBS Civil Engineering
1951Charles D. McKereghanBS Electrical Engineering
1951Robert PopovichBS Chemistry
1951Harold D. RaymondBS Mining Engineering
1951Keith D. RobinsonBS Mechanical Engineering
1951John F. RutterBS Electrical Engineering
1951William R. SaadehMS Chemical Engineering
1951John Stencel, Jr.BS Mechanical Engineering
1952James J. GallagherBS Chemical Engineering
1952Ronald C. HarrisBS Mechanical Engineering
1952Roland K. LindbergBS Civil Engineering
1952Leslie E. PriceBS Geological Engineering, BS Mining Engineering
1952Arthur G. ReinholdBS Electrical Engineering
1952Albert F. Sanborn IIIBS Civil Engineering
1952Carl H. Van DomelenBS Electrical Engineering
1953Douglas GloverBS Metallurgical Engineering
1953Fred LassilaBS Electrical Engineering
1953Robert M. LemmenBS Electrical Engineering
1953Donald L. LutzeBS Electrical Engineering
1953Robert C. TaylorBS Mechanical Engineering
1953Kenneth P. Van EssBS Civil Engineering
1953Robert W. WadeBS Mining Engineering
1954Robert F. DennettBS Chemical Engineering
1954Stanley J. FriesenBS Metallurgical Engineering
1954Lloyd B. HansenBS Mining Engineering
1954Robert J. NankeeBS Chemical Engineering
1954Ray H. PesolaBS Electrical Engineering
1954Harold J. PrattBS Mechanical Engineering
1954Dr. H. Hunter ShuBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1954Andre J. StromquistBS Mechanical Engineering
1954Harry R. SwansonBS Civil Engineering
1954Julio H. ThalerBS Mining Engineering
1954Dr. Hal A. Williams, D.O.BS Forestry
1955James C. GilboBS Civil Engineering
1955George C. GriessBS Civil Engineering
1955John H. HansenBS Mechanical Engineering
1955William F. HeinzBS Electrical Engineering
1955Reuben KurttiBS Mechanical Engineering
1955Jerome Q. PetersonBS Civil Engineering
1955John A. Radler JrBS Metallurgical Engineering
1955James J. ReinkeBS Mechanical Engineering
1955Kenneth J. ScottBS Electrical Engineering
1955Ivan M. ThompsonBS Chemistry
1956Donald M. HaadsmaBS Electrical Engineering
1956John J. LebenickBS Civil Engineering
1956Richard A. OwenBS Electrical Engineering
1956Daniel J. ScallenBS Civil Engineering
1956John P. SmedmanBS Mining Engineering
1956David A. StromquistBS Mechanical Engineering
1956Donald E. TomaszewskiBS Electrical Engineering
1957Thomas A. GelbBS Forestry
1957Alexander J. MarshBS Chemical Engineering
1957Frederic H. MeisterBS Geological Engineering
1957Ralph K. OjaBS Mining Engineering
1957Howard A. PearlBS Mechanical Engineering
1957Fredrick A. PittmanBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Electrical Engineering
1957William P. SchimmelBS Metallurgical Engineering
1957Hubert A. SchmittBS Mechanical Engineering
1957Ronald G. SonderhouseBS Chemistry
1957Kiril Spiroff JrBS Forestry
1957Eugene G. StrenzelBS Civil Engineering
1957Carl M. Superko JrBS Electrical Engineering
1957Richard A. WeirickBS Electrical Engineering
1958Robert C. JohnsonBS Civil Engineering
1958Donald L. KeroBS Civil Engineering
1958Stephen A. KopishBS Mechanical Engineering
1958Jack A. MenziesBS Business Administration
1958David R. MukavitzBS Metallurgical Engineering
1958Norman E. MutkaBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Nuclear Engineering
1958Charles R. NiverBS Forestry
1958George I. OinasBS Engineering Physics
1958George A. Stams JrBS Electrical Engineering
1958Donald F. SwenskiBS Mechanical Engineering
1958Richard N. TurriBS Electrical Engineering
1958John C. VenturinoBS Business Administration
1958Ronald W. Verville P.E./R.L.S.BS Civil Engineering
1958Richard K WardBS Civil Engineering
1958Thomas B. WilliamsBS Civil Engineering
1959James D. BertucciBS Civil Engineering
1959James E. FisherBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Jerome T. KestnerBS Business Administration
1959James B. LargeBS Business Administration
1959Donald J. LoeherBS Electrical Engineering
1959Roylance A. MayryBS Electrical Engineering
1959Roy A. McKeageBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Nitidhan P. PatoliaBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Chemical Engineering
1959Mary Grace ShueBS Medical Technology
1959Vernelle T SmithBS Civil Engineering
1959Flave F. StimpsonBS Mechanical Engineering
1959W. Douglas StolenBS Civil Engineering
1959Robert L. StonerBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Rolf I. ThorvaldsonBS Civil Engineering
1959Melvin J. VisserBS Chemical Engineering
1959Robert W. WadeBS Business Administration
1959Carl A WeedBS Mechanical Engineering
1959Eugene M. YedinakBS Metallurgical Engineering
1960David L. FunstonBS Electrical Engineering
1960Hal H. HewittBS Mechanical Engineering
1960Carl R. HoeraufBS Mechanical Engineering
1960James W. JosephsonBS Civil Engineering
1960Stanley C. RajalaBS Mechanical Engineering
1960Charles N. StibitzBS Metallurgical Engineering
1960John C. UllemeyerBS Chemical Engineering
1960Daniel E. WallsBS Chemical Engineering
1960James D. WoznickBS Mechanical Engineering
1961Walter E. BlanksvardBS Civil Engineering
1961Thomas E. ButlerBS Civil Engineering
1961David J. CahoonBS Civil Engineering
1961Richard J. CrossonBS Mechanical Engineering
1961Richard E. JensenBS Civil Engineering, ’64 BS Business Engineering Admin
1961Marvin D. Oosterbaan P.E.BS Civil Engineering
1962Dean I. BarnefiherBS Business Engineering Admin, BS Mechanical Engineering
1962Robert F. BrissonBS Business Administration, BS Forestry
1962William C. CoppernollBS Physics
1962David J. FrederickBS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1963Richard D. AndersonBS Electrical Engineering
1963Russel P. Decker JrBS Geological Engineering
1963Dr. Gerald S. DzakowicBS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1963John J. PrusakBS Mechanical Engineering
1964Paul A. AzziBS Business Administration
1964Peter G. ChamberlainBS Geophysical Engineeing
1964David E. GaylordBS Metallurgical Engineering
1964Wayne N. RootBS Chemical Engineering
1964Dr. Henry S. Santeford JrBS Civil Engineering, ’66 MS Civil Engineering
1964William H. TylerBS Forestry
1964James W. WhippleBS Forestry
1965Dale A. DamsBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Robert J. FentzBS Mechanical Engineering
1965Dr. Michael M. SheaBS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgical Engineering
1966Kristine J. AntcliffBS Biological Sciences
1966Donald C. BolgerBS Mechanical Engineering
1966Alvin D. HardmanBS Civil Engineering
1968Deward B. BeelerBS Forestry
1968Peter A. DeGioiaBS Metallurgical Engineering
1968Michael G. HellmanBS Mechanical Engineering
1968Gautam P. ShahBS Chemical Engineering
1969David J. SundbergBS Mechanical Engineering
1970William C. AlwardAAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1970Howard W. Creswick JrBS Electrical Engineering
1971Judith C. QuinnBS Mathematics
1973Timothy J. PalmerBS Chemistry
1973Paul R. SteffensBS Mechanical Engineering
1975Adolf J. JonaitisBS Metallurgical Engineering, ’77 MS Business Administration
1976Donald J. MatchinskiBS Geology
1981Nicholas J. BukacekBS Civil Engineering
1982Bruce A. ThomaBS Business Engineering Admin, Electrical Engineering
1989Allen H. StephensBS Mechanical Engineering
1996Richard A. FieldsMS Industrial Archaeology
2001Andrea M. DranbergBS Electrical Engineering
2002Patrick C. FarrellBS Mining Engineering

In Memoriam — Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2020


In Memoriam

October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Preferred ClassFull NameDegrees
1935Raymond H. Amberger’35 BS Mining Engineering
1942Robert W. Sleeman’42 BS Mining Engineering
1942Ralph G. Swanson’42 BS Forestry
1947John A. Bowles’47 BS Electrical Engineering
1948John E. Barron’48 BS Electrical Engineering
1948Arne E. Erickson’48 BS Electrical Engineering
1948Thomas R. Erixon’48 BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Samuel F. Berg’50 BS Mechanical Engineering
1950Melvin A. Koenders’50 BS Chemical Engineering
1950Robert G. Lovell50 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1950Richard W. Peterson’50 BS Civil Engineering
1950John F. Viola’50 BS Civil Engineering
1951Patrick L. Boileau’51 BS Mining Engineering
1951Dr. Donald W. Bolme’51 BS Chemical Engineering
1951Kenneth A. Burnett’51 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1951R. Neil Chapman’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Wayne P. Cooper’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Russell L. Dahl’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Charles A. Driver’51 BS Forestry
1951Richard E. Hinze’51 BS Mechanical Engineering
1951Paul I. Jacobson’51 BS Civil Engineering
1952William A. Beckquist’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1952Donald R. Bergstrom, P.E.’52 BS Electrical Engineering
1952John P. Bogosoff’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1952Richard R. DeGraff’52 BS Chemical Engineering
1952Thomas E. DeWan’57 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1952Devere C. Dickerson’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1952John W. Jamar’52 BS Mechanical Engineering
1953Bud D. Bair’53 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1953Wilbert E. Beck’53BS Civil Engineering
1953Robert A. Masnado’53 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Forestry
1954Donald R. Dobbelaire’53 BS Mechanical Engineering
1954Stanley J. Friesen’54 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1955George Babladelis’55 BS Electrical Engineering
1955Gordon G. Bauman’55 BS Mechanical Engineering
1955David A. Bruneau Jr’55 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Mechanical Engineering
1955Maj. Thomas S. Crouch (Ret)’55 BS Mining Engineering
1956Robert J. Brey’56 BS Mechanical Engineering
1956John G. Ecklesdafer’56 BS Metallurgical Engineering, BS Mining Engineering
1956Stewart C. Oldford, Sr.’56 BS Chemical Engineering
1957E. Raymond Amble’57 BS Civil Engineering
1957William H. Anderson P.E.’57 BS Electrical Engineering
1957James R. Brophy Jr’57 BS Geological Engineering
1957Ora L. Flaningam’57 BS Chemistry, MS Chemistry
1957Thomas A. GelbBS Forestry
1957Hugh W. Gibson’57 BS Mechanical Engineering
1957R. Gordon Moore’57 BS Chemical Engineering
1957Charles H. Smith’57 BS Mechanical Engineering
1957Kiril Spiroff JrBS Forestry
1957Gene A. Warren’57 BS Civil Engineering
1957Joe E. Warren’57 BS Chemical Engineering
1958Albert M. Aittama’58 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Mechanical Engineering
1958Alex H. Beanum’58 BS Civil Engineering
1958Elmer R. Beaudoin’58 BS Electrical Engineering
1958Thomas E. Connors’58 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1959Robert W. Arendsen’59 BS Civil Engineering
1959Maj. Neil E. DuBay’59 BS Physics
1959Thomas J. Dzakowic’59 BS Mechanical Engineering
1959Bruce R. McInnis’59 BS Civil Engineering
1960Dale R. Bero’60 BS Mechanical Engineering
1960Dr. Andrew M. Bray’60 BS Mechanical Engineering
1960James E. Clark’60 BS Electrical Engineering
1960Thor A. Jackola’72 BS Mechanical Engineering
1960Paul A. Michelin P.E.’60 BS Civil Engineering
1960Edward W. Olson’60 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1960Arthur A. Schneider’60 BS Electrical Engineering
1962David S. Dodge’62 BS Electrical Engineering
1962Earl A. Oster’62 BS Chemical Engineering
1963Dennis G. Barrette’63 BS Mathematics
1963Kenneth R. Hamilton’63 BS Civil Engineering
1963John M. Ivanitz’63 BS Geological Engineering
1966Charles J. Roberts’66 BS Civil Engineering
1968Dennis J. Ashworth’68 BS Business Administration
1968Bruce E. Hilden’68 BS Business Administration
1968Gary D. Masse’68 BS Civil Engineering
1972Craig S. Gierke’72 BA Liberal Arts with History Opt
1972Dr. John S. Klasner’72 PHD Geology
1973John M. Cadeau IV’73 BS Mathematics
1974Stanley R. Johns’74 BS Forestry
1975Thomas M. Bourgeois’75 BS Civil Engineering
1977Timothy K. Milson’77 BS Electrical Engineering
1978Miriam I. Kipina’78 AAS Nursing Technology
1979Joel D. Fynewever’79 BS Electrical Engineering
1981William E. Brush’81 BS Business Administration
1982Mark B. Siehling’82 BS Electrical Engineering
1986Stephen I. Albee’86 BS Forestry
1999Steven G. Nelson’99 BS Mechanical Engineering
2011David M. Brown’11 BS Computer Engineering, ’11 BS Electrical Engineering
2012Karen E. Hall’12 MBA Business Administration
2014Gabriel M. Martinez’14 BS Mechanical Engineering
2019Jacob M. Bouman’19 BS Civil Engineering

In Memoriam — July 1–September 30, 2020


Winter Carnival Memories

Winter Carnival began at Michigan Tech in 1922 and has been organized by Blue Key Honor Society since 1934.

With nearly 100 years of history, our students have built an amazing tradition that carries on.

The most recognizable aspect of Carnival is the building of snow statues around campus and community.

What are some of your favorite memories of Winter Carnival? What statues did you help build? Leave us a comment below!

Visit the Winter Carnival website for details and some of the history behind the event.


In Memoriam

June 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020

ClassNameDegrees
1942Stanley F. Kramer Jr’42 BS Mechanical Engineering
1943Dr. Michael Lauriente’43 BS Metallurgical Engineering, ’46 MS Metallurgical Engineering
1949Lyle W. Barden49 BS Forestry
1949Thomas F. Hruby’49 BS Mining Engineering
1949Russell A. Johnson’49 BS Forestry
1950Franklin M. Eastland’50 BS Electrical Engineering
1950Lawrence H. Jacobson Jr’50 BS Forestry
1950George E. Jewell’50 BS Forestry
1950Donald L. Martindale’50 BS Forestry
1951Duaine K. Wenzel’51 BS Forestry
1953George W. Lizenby’53 BS Forestry
1954David P. Cicchi’54 BS Mining Engineering
1954Paul J. Gottwald’54 BS Forestry
1954Thomas E. Smith’54 BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Forestry
1954Jack C Watson’54 BS Forestry
1955Leonard J. Arasim’55 BS Forestry
1955Dr. John P. Daniels’55 BS Forestry
1955Clarence W. Hultman’55BS Mechanical Engineering
1955Auvo I. Kemppinen’55 BS Metallurgical Engineering, ’56 MS Metallurgical Engineering
1955David E. Ottoson’55 BS Forestry
1956George J. Krawchuk’56 BS Forestry
1957William O. Maki’57 BS Forestry
1957George H. Sheppard, Jr.’57 BS Forestry
1958John S. Budzinski’58 BS Chemical Engineering
1958Michael T. Kenney’58 BS Mechanical Engineering
1958Owen D. Marjama’58 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1958Richard L. Slocum’58 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1959Jack E. Horak’59 BS Forestry
1959Orville J. Vanderlin’59 BS Forestry
1960Ronald N Wallis’60 BS Mechanical Engineering
1961Raymond L. Anderson’61 BS Civil Engineering
1961Gary H. Gay’61 BS Mechanical Engineering
1961Dr. Raymond W. Kauppila, P.E.’61 MS Engineering Mechanics
1961Hugh M. McKee’61 BS Mechanical Engineering
1962Robert G. Artis’62 BS Forestry
1962William E. Morden’62 BS Forestry
1963Richard A. Greketis’63 BS Metallurgical Engineering, ’65 BS Business Engineering Admin
1963Peter M Tomlinson’63 BS Forestry
1964Cecilia J. Faw’64 BS Chemistry
1964Dr. Edward S. Neumann P.E.’64 BS Civil Engineering
1966John B. Mitchell’66 BS Electrical Engineering
1968George F. Blass’68 BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1968Robert C. Stohl’68 BS Business Administration
1969George W. Beeby’69 BS Business Administration
1969Daniel E. Bush P.E.’69 BS Mechanical Engineering
1970Larry R. Gifford’70 BS Mechanical Engineering
1970Michael W. Hill’70 BS Business Administration
1970Harry J. House’70 AAS Forest Technology
1970Raymond J. Rought’70 BS Civil Engineering
1971Joseph Mark Krcmarik’71 BS Civil Engineering
1971David E. Rakoniewski’71 BS Medical Technology
1973Dennis E. Fritcher’73 BS Metallurgical Engineering
1974Paul L. Just’74 BS Chemical Engineering
1975Thomas P. Wells’75 BS Civil Engineering
1977Robert S. Thayer’77 BS Forestry
1979Paul J. Trasti’79 AAS Nursing Technology
1980Richard J. Kemmer’80 BS Business Administration
1981Bertrand A. Cresswell’81 BS Business Administration
1981Ralf G. Grisard’81 BS Forestry
1981Martin L. Swim’81 BS Electrical Engineering
1984Patrick J. Prus’84 BS Mining Engineering
1985Paul F. Smith’85 BS Electrical Engineering
1986Dr. Shu-Zu Lu’86 PHD Metallurgical Engineering
1986Bruce M. Sartorelli’86 AAS Electromechanical Eng Tech
1987Katherine M. Foster’87 BS Forestry
1987Eugene F. Hammond’87 BS Business Administration
1987Joseph P. Periard’87 BS Computer Science
1988Richard C. Nelson’88 BS Electrical Engineering
1989Todd E. French’89 BS Physics
1990Darrell E. Reed’90 BS Civil Engineering
1991P. Steven Raeder’91 BS Forestry
1992Pauline Joy Easterling’92 BS Business Administration
2002Michael P. Chipman’02 BS Mechanical Engineering
2004Ryan P. Walega’04 BS Computer Science
2014Coleen E. Huling’14 BS Civil Engineering


Remembering Professors Filer, Julien, and Kieckhafer

Robert F. “Bob” Filer passed peacefully in the presence of his wife Debby on July 2, 2020, due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease, at Canal View where he had been residing for a year. His wife visited with him twice daily until COVID struck and then she faithfully sent reassuring love letters each day, with photographs, to hold him close.

Born in Greenville Pennsylvania, raised by his loving parents Charlotte and Robert Filer, his childhood was idyllic. During high school he worked part-time at a Chevrolet Dealership and, when he graduated, he received the Class Physics Award. Bob earned a Five-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering at Gannon College and became licensed as a Profession Engineer in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  
Bob served in the US Army from 1964-1965, and then in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, being Honorably Discharged from the US Air Force in 1974 as a 1st Lieutenant.  

He was employed by Pennsylvania Electric and McGraw-Edison in both Pennsylvania and in Ohio. Bob was then employed as a Project Engineer at Systems Control, in Iron Mountain Michigan. His professional experience greatly benefited his students, as a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program at Michigan Technological University, from 1975 to 2003, retiring as a Full Professor with Emeritus status. 

Bob married Marilyn (Smith) Filer, having children Mark, Kristan, and Anne. Later he married Barbara (Stover) Filer and, with her, had his fourth child Sarah. He and Debby (Bose) Filer met in 2002, married, then retired from Tech and created a loving and energetic life together. 

He was a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the First United Methodist Church.  He supported Relay for Life many years.  Bob was an outdoor man and enjoyed tennis, scuba diving, bird-watching, white water canoeing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Bob also valued hiking in New Zealand where he, with Barbara and Sarah, spent a sabbatical year teaching at the Central Institute of Technology. He was also a runner and completed Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. 

He and Debby added indoor “spinning” and rowing workouts to their activities. They also began to road bicycle together. Bob and Deb, with four of their children, rode Minnesota’s “Habitat 500” eight years, a 500 mile 7-day bicycle ride supporting Habitat for Humanity.  All of the funds they raised they contributed to their local Copper Country Chapter. He and Deb also relished traveling to visit their eight children and to hike National Parks.  Bob credited his wife Debby with postponing his illness and then delaying its progression by unfailingly encouraging their very active lifestyle and optimism.

He was preceded in death by his parents, friend Dale Walivaara, Barbara Filer, and his sister Mary Jane (Filer) Marx. Surviving are his loving wife Debby Bose Filer, blessed and privileged to marry her beloved and cherished husband; sister Nancy (Paul) Ceremuga of Pauline South Carolina; four children Mark (Gwen) Filer of Manitowoc Wisconsin, Kristan (David) Coleman of Irvine California, Anne (James) Walker of Oakland California, and Sarah (Beanie) Zollweg of Manhattan New York;  four step-children, Lydia (Fabian de Kok-Mercado) Gregg of Ellicott City Maryland, David (Kristina) Gregg of Portage Michigan, Dan Gregg of Ypsilanti Michigan, and Jane (Philip Hofer) Gregg of Seattle Washington; five grandchildren, Calvin, Amelia, Cody, Chloe, and Madison; five European High School exchange students; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

—Courtesy of O’Neill Dennis Funeral Home.


Larry Marlin Julien passed away August 27, 2020 at home in Houghton, Mi with family at his side after a 4 year battle with brain cancer and Parkinson’s.

Larry was born August 16, 1937 in Nora Springs, Iowa to George and Lorette (Swartwood) Julien. When he was 11 years old, he moved with his family to a farm near Fairchild, Wisc where he lived until he graduated from Fairchild High School in 1955. He then went to college at University of Wisc, Madison before enlisting into the Marine Corp from 1956 to 1958, leaving with the rank of Corporal to return to college.

He attended Univ of Wisc, River Falls, earning a BS in Chemistry and Math in 1962. He was Senior Class President; Captain of the Wrestling team, State Champion heavy weight wrestler 3 years and one year runner up, and National Champion wrestling runner up one year; Captain of the Football team and named All Conference Football team his final year. He was contacted by a pro football team inviting him to their team, but decided to continue his education. He was inducted into the first River Falls, Athletic Hall of Fame for both Wrestling and Football. During that time, Larry had 2 daughters, Sandra and Elizabeth from his marriage to Olga (Mazurak) Julien. He went on to grad school at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he received his Doctorate in Physical Chemistry in 1966.

After graduation, Larry knew he wanted to live and work in the northern Midwest, so he drew a line on a map between Minneapolis and Midland, Mich and applied to teach at 6 colleges that were located north of that line. He visited 5 of those campuses and was given job offers from all 5 of them. He chose Michigan Tech because he was so impressed with students all busy studying in the Student Union. He taught at MTU from 1966 until his retirement in 2000. Classes he taught included Physical Chemistry, Quantum Chem, Statistics, Advanced graduate P Chem, and Freshman Chem classes where he used lots of chemical demonstrations in his lectures. He developed and taught summers “Computers for the classroom” to High School Science Teachers from across the nation, (when many profs at Tech still did not use computers yet) and volunteered doing after-school science programs at local schools. He served 2 years as president of the University Faculty Senate, he was University Ombudsman, and was Marshal for the MTU graduation ceremonies.

Larry enjoyed fishing with all his kids as they grew up, and watching them all in sports, traveling to watch all their games and practices. He was a boy scout leader, a youth soccer and baseball coach, a softball player/coach, excellent bowler and played the NBA for years at Tech (noon basketball). He loved to watch his daughters in track, drill team, cheerleading, and figure skating practices and competitions. He loved to take week-long adventures in canoes to fish the remote rivers of Canada with his friends, and sons when they got old enough to join these trips. He liked living in the country, especially living on Lake Superior for 35 years in a house he and wife Connie built themselves at the end of a long road. Larry was a friend to all he met and was always willing to listen or help them in any way he could; and all his kids agree he was the best dad ever!

After retirement, Larry enjoyed 18 holes of golf every weekday morning in the summers and then chatting with friends every morning at downtown cafés in the winter. He and his wife Connie (Thompson) celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on August 23rd.

Larry is survived by his wife, Connie, a brother, Randy (Jane) Julien of Fairchild, Wi and sister Janice Pierce in Menomonie, Wisc. Daughter Sandra (Chuck) in Woodbury, MN who have 3 children, Samantha, Patrick and Jeff Nordeen. Daughter Elizabeth (Dave) in Woodbury, MN who have one daughter, Kimberly Doerr (soon to be a Physician.)

Larry married Connie (Thompson) Julien in 1982 and they have two sons. Jason (Tara) who have 2 preschool children, Chase and his sister Charlie Julien in Waukesha, Wis. Jonathan (Jennifer) have 2 preschool girls, Esrey and Malone in Houghton.

—Courtesy of Memorial Chapel and Plowe Funeral Service.


Professor Roger Kieckhafer was an inventor, engineer, researcher, educator, veteran and valued faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He died on Friday, July 17, in a tragic vehicle-bicycle accident. He was 69.

The loss to the faculty and staff in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Engineering is immense. We will not recover quickly from the shock of his death.

Roger received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974 and earned his master’s and PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1982 and 1983, respectively. The years between were spent in service to the US Navy as a nuclear officer aboard the Trident missile submarine USS Abraham Lincoln. He also supervised the construction of the USS Indianapolis. His time in industry was also well spent, producing several patents that were licensed to Allied Signal, now Honeywell Corporation.

Roger was fond of classical music, particularly opera, and sang in the Copper Country Chorale, often accompanied by his daughter, Maggie, on organ. He also sang in the prestigious Pine Mountain Music Festival, including the premiere of the opera “Rockland,” based on the story of the 1906 miner strike in Rockland, Michigan.

Roger was instrumental in creating the computer engineering degree program at Michigan Tech. Working with Dr. Linda Ott in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Sciences and Arts, he bridged the gap between two departments in two separate colleges, crafting a program that educated hundreds — a new breed of engineer steeped in both worlds.

Even after the development of the computer engineering program, Roger’s collaboration with the Department of Computer Science continued. “We worked together on a strategic hiring initiative, multiple curricular issues, reorganization discussions and countless other issues,” said Ott, the chair of the Department of Computer Science. “Roger was always supportive. He clearly believed that we would have stronger programs working together rather than competing.”

Roger was a strong advocate for the ABET accreditation process in the ECE department. He led the initial ABET accreditation of the Computer Engineering program. The procedures and processes he set in place then are still in play nearly 20 years later, guiding the department’s subsequent accreditation for both its electrical engineering and computer engineering degrees.

In the words of computer engineering faculty member Kit Cischke, “For Roger, it always boiled down to what was best for our students. The content of our classes. The things our students needed to know to get good jobs. The assignments. The kinds of things they needed to do in the real world. Students were forever contacting Roger after graduation, saying, ‘Thanks for teaching me that. I’m using it every day in my job.’”

Over the past few days, Roger’s former students have reached out to express their grief and sadness. They have shared how much Roger meant to them during their time at Michigan Tech and how well he prepared them for the success they enjoy today. One of those students was Joseph Rabaut. In his words, “I can’t tell you how devastated I am. Dr. Kieckhafer was an amazing person and one of the best professors at Tech. He helped me a lot throughout the past few years, giving me advice and recommendations, and helping me understand computer engineering. I don’t really know what else to say, because words can’t really describe losing him.”

Roger cared deeply for his students, his family, and his profession. I think that may be the source we can draw upon to comfort our own sense of sadness and grief. The impact he had on hundreds of lives will shine on.

And, as we move forward, his legacy will live on. As suggested by several people, a scholarship fund will be set up in Roger’s memory.

—Written by Glen Archer, Interim Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Roger’s official obituary can be read here.


Things I Learned at Michigan Tech

A thread on Facebook allowed Michigan Tech Alumni to share nuggets of wisdom acquired in the Copper Country. Below are some of those responses. Add yours in the comments below!


Nerds rule … Numbers don’t lie … “Because research has proven it” is an acceptable answer … People with toolboxes have a lot of acquaintances … Make friends with the people with the keys … Euchre is an art form … Invest in quality jumper cables. 
—Jerry Myers

Snowbanks at the end of your driveway somehow become magnetic, and will suck cars into them … Hiking boots are always in fashion. So is flannel … It is possible to walk uphill, both ways, to school.
—Carla Martinek

Brooms are meant to be clipped, taped, and used on ice.
—Rebecca Miner

F=MA … Physics is fun … You can’t push a rope.
—Brian Hobbs

Chemistry says if you soak the rope and freeze it, you can push it just fine.
—James Learman

Keep a snow shovel in the car at all times.
—Megan Kreiger

“It depends” is a legitimate answer for many engineering questions (courtesy of Jim De Clerck).
—Ross Hogan

Anyone with a Michigan Tech sticker on their car is a friend I have not yet met … Pizza and a beer is always an acceptable dinner choice … Chili is good over rice.
—Caryn Turrel

Taco Bell tastes better when you drive 100 miles for it.
—David Wressell

“Pank” is a real word.
—Jim Desrochers

Floormats make great traction aid devices … Always supervise friends “borrowing” your garage and insist on the use of jackstands.
—Alicia Steele

Cafeteria trays are actually sleds.
—Robin Book

When shoveling, throw snow back as far as you can in the beginning of the season.
—Tanya Bedore